Let’s Talk Turkey – North American Butternut Squash Stuffing


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Wanting to try something new to your traditional stuffing for the Holidays? Try this delicious North American Butternut Squash stuffing for any Baked, Blackened or Cajun turkey. Looking for a great wine to pair this dish with? Semi-dry white wines such as Messina Hof Chenin Blanc, Riesling, White Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Beau, Mama Rosa Rose, and Sweet Sangria to perfect!

Butternut Squash is a more watery squash and tastes somewhat similar to sweet potatoes. It has a bulbous end and pale, creamy skin with a sweet, nutty flavor. The Butternut squash is commonly more used in soups and dishes.

-2 medium butternut squash, peeled, and chopped
-½ cup chopped red onion
-1 garlic clove, chopped
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 cups white, brown or wild rice, cooked
-1- ½ cups whole wheat bread cubes
-¼ cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds
-¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
-¼ teaspoon dried thyme
-½ teaspoon salt
-½ cup orange juice

Toss the chopped squash, onion and garlic with the olive oil and roast in an ovenproof container at 450F degrees for about 25 to 40 minutes, or until tender. In a bowl, combine cooked rice, remainder of ingredients, and cooled squash, onion and garlic. Place in baking dish and heat for 20 minutes at 350F degrees until heated through.

Note: Although this is called stuffing, it is not baked inside a turkey or other entrée. It’s safer to bake stuffing (or dressing) separately.

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